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He Went Attaway

Best Buy store sales manager Orvin Smith said Tracey Attaway, 39, was shoplifting in his Augusta, Ga., store. When confronted by staff, Attaway “pulled out a knife so he could make sure he could get out the front door.” Outside were four Marines collecting donations for Toys for Tots. Marine Cpl. Phillip Duggan “clotheslined” Attaway as he tried to run by, Smith said, but Attaway “got up and started swinging a knife around.” Attaway ended up behind Duggan and stabbed him in the back, witnesses say, and then ran. The other Marines chased Attaway down, and held him for police. Investigators say Attaway tried to steal merchandise valued at $1,365, plus a laptop computer he left behind when he ran from store staff. Duggan was released from the hospital the next day, but a judge didn’t allow Attaway to post bail because of his extensive criminal record. (JW/Augusta Chronicle) ...That’s OK. The Marines are patient.
Author’s Note: This story was twisted into well-circulated urban legend — with racist overtones. See http://www.thisistrue.com/blog-the_few_the_proud_the_falsified_news_story.html
Original Publication Date: 26 December 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.

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